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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

I tried Draft2Digital for a couple of years. On the whole of was dissapointing and not worth the sacrifice in pages read so I returned to select.
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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

This post was last modified: 29 Jul 2016 07:59 PM by Shayne Parkinson.
I use Smashwords for other vendors. Apple's my best retail outlet after Amazon, with B&N (which was #2 until this year) a good third. Then a fairly steep drop to Kobo, then modest amounts on Overdrive, etc. I do sell on Smashwords itself, as well.

I like the people at Smashwords, and have had a book chosen for Apple promos (and done well) a couple of times when recommended to them by Mark C. I've used their coupon codes at times, and always take part in their March and July sales.
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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

Select did very little for me, so I went wide about 6 weeks ago, making my book 1 permafree. Since then, overall sales have doubled, all of which is follow on for books 2 & 3. Before that, most of my sales were book 1, with very little follow on.

I'm direct on iBooks (since I'm a Mac user anyway), and via D2D on Kobo and Nook. While Amazon leads the downloads and sales by a good 95%, Nook has just overtaken iBooks for 2nd place. Curiously, Kobo doesn't seem to report free downloads.
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29 Jul 2016, 03:50 PM | Post: #14

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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

I only sell on Amazon. I tried Smashwords a long time ago but didn't have a single sale, so I went for KDP select instead. Now I find that half my sales are from page reads and I'm too scared to leave Select as sales are pretty rubbish at the moment anyway.
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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

Just realised that I didn't actually answer the second of Rosen's questions.

The only advantage that I can see with Smashwords is the ability to use coupon codes for giveaways. I've only ever used it once - back in 2011. I hated it's meatgrinder and having to wait forever for premium approval. (It was only about 2 weeks in total, but I was impatient to see my first book out there.)

On the other hand, I love the ease of use of D2D. I love the fact that it will give me mobi, epub, and pdf files (and put a working ncx TOC in them) and I've now taken to uploading to them first and using the mobi file they produce when I upload to Amazon.
I also like their 60% royalty rate - especially now that three of my books are priced at £0.99.

They are also pretty prompt on the customer service front, answering my emails within 24 hours, and not with a stock response or form reply, either.
I haven't found any disadvantages with them yet. If I do, I'll let you know.
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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

This post was last modified: 02 Aug 2016 04:48 PM by Rosen Trevithick.
What royalties (as a %) do you get from D2D, please?
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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

I use Kindle Direct Publishing for Amazon and Smashwords. Smashwords makes them available on other platforms. Kindle most popular for me too!
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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

(02 Aug 2016 04:48 PM)Rosen Trevithick Wrote: Wrote:  What royalties (as a %) do you get from D2D, please?

Sorry, Rosen, I've only just seen this.

If you are talking generally then D2D pay 60% across the board, whatever your book price may be. That is, they pay 60% even if you're book is below £2.99 or above £9.99.

Personally, things have picked up for me at D2D. Their royalties now are approximately 1/3rd of what I make at Amazon. The majority of my sales come from Apple, followed by Kobo and then B&N, though this month it's been 50% Apple, and 25% each at the other two.
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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

Well, I cannot tell about my experience with my english edition of my book, but  the spanish edition I also submitted to Smashwords, Lulu, and La Casa del Libro (this is just in Spain), but till know the results are lower compared to Amazon. I think that unfortunately Amazon somehow has a monopoly on the market, but I guess that depends on the countries as earlier mentioned.
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RE: What eBook publishing platforms do you use?

I use Lulu. It places my books on other platorms -- Google play, Kobo etc. Once I'd learnt how how to format a single copy that was acceptable for both Amazon and Lulu,  just have to change the ISBN/ASIN.
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